How to fight the flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone 6 months and older. Flu shots have important benefits. They can reduce symptoms of flu and provider visits, and prevent flu-related visits to hospitals.
Prestige Health Choice offers flu shots at no cost through your primary care provider (PCP) or a network pharmacy. To find a network pharmacy, visit our online provider directory or call Member Services at 1-855-355-9800 (TTY 711), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Take action to fight flu
Contact your PCP for more information on medicines that may help you if you have the flu. Take flu medicine if your PCP prescribes it.
If you are at high risk for flu complications, you should contact your PCP.
Following is a list of all the health and age factors that are known to increase a person’s risk of getting serious complications from flu:1
- Adults 65 years and older
- Children younger than 2 years old
- Neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
- Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
- Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
- Kidney diseases
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
- People who are obese with a body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
- People younger than 19 years old on long-term aspirin- or salicylate-containing medications.
- People with a weakened immune system due to disease (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or some cancers such as leukemia) or medications (such as those receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, or persons with chronic conditions requiring chronic corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress the immune system)
- People who have had a stroke
Other people at high risk from the flu:
- Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People from certain racial and ethnic minority groups are at increased risk for hospitalization with flu, including non-Hispanic Black persons, Hispanic or Latino persons, and American Indian or Alaska Native persons
- 1Although all children younger than 5 years old are considered at high risk for serious flu complications, the highest risk is for those younger than 2 years old, with the highest hospitalization and death rates among infants younger than 6 months old.
Information on groups at higher risk from COVID-19 is available.
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory diseases (NCIRD) “People at High Risk for Flu Complications,” Last reviewed October 7, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm.
Take steps to help prevent the spread of germs.
- If possible, try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you do get sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. This can keep them from getting sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Also, clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Remember: It’s not too late to get a flu shot!
There is still time to get protected from the flu. Ask your PCP about getting your flu shot.